Observers across the country are keeping a close eye on Texas, along with Governor Rick Perry, following the legislature's decision to ban abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy and to hold abortion clinics to similar health standards as hospitals. Critics say it will force most abortion clinics out of business because they won't be able to meet those stringent guidelines. Supporters say the majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions.
Governor Perry said this following the vote, "Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn."
Perry announced he will not seek another term as governor but wouldn't rule out another presidential run. Perry finished 5th in the 2012 Iowa Caucuses and complained the day after his disappointing finish that the caucuses were "loosey goosey".
On Channel 13's "The Insiders", host Dave Price talked with former Obama staffer Derek Eadon, now with the LS2group, and former Romney campaign staffer Dave Kochel, the head of Red Wave Communications, to get their take on whether the Texas decision will push Iowa leaders to change abortion laws here and what the decision will mean for Perry's presidential ambitions.
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